BOOK INDUSTRY GUILD OF NEW YORK
May 2018 Event: “LGBTQ Voices in Publishing”
The LGBTQ community’s accomplishments, ambitions, and significant challenges within
and outside the book publishing ecosystem will be the subject of a “LGBTQ Voices in Publishing” panel discussion at the Book Industry Guild of New York’s Tuesday, May 15, 2018 event.
Author and art historian Cassandra Langer will moderate a representative panel of the voices that
comprise LGBTQ publishing professionals. Panelists include author and Simon and Schuster art director Laurent Linn, journalist and author Donna Minkowitz, and activist/playwright/author Perry Brass.
The BIGNY session will be held at Penguin Random House, 1745 Broadway, NYC. The speaking session will begin at 6:15 pm; a professional networking event will start at 5:15 pm.
Admission for the May 2018 BIGNY event and networking reception is $40 for BIGNY members, $60 for nonmembers. There is a $5 fee for participants only attending the speaker portion of the event.
Random House, 1745 Broadway (between 55th & 56th Streets), 2nd Floor
Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres at 5:15 p.m., program at 6:15 p.m.
$40 for BIGNY members / $60 for nonmembers.
$5 admission for the speaker portion of the event only.
About Perry Brass
Award-winning poet, playwright, author, publisher, and gay-rights pioneer Perry Brass has published 19
books, including poetry, novels, short fiction, science fiction, and advice books (How to Survive Your Own Gay Life, The Manly Art of Seduction, The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love). Active directly after Stonewall in New York’s Gay Liberation Front, with two friends he founded the Gay Men’s Health Project Clinic, the first clinic specifically for gay men on the East Coast, still surviving as the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which advocated for the use of condoms a decade before the AIDS crisis. He is also a founding coordinator of the Rainbow Book Fair, the largest LGBTQ book event in the US.
About Cassandra Langer
Art historian and critic Cassandra Langer became the accidental biographer of lesbian expatriate painter Romaine Brooks (1874-1970), when a search to uncover the artist’s aesthetics led Langer to rethink the flawed narrative of Brooks’ life. The result was Langer’s book Romaine Brooks: A Life. The award-winning author and former Smithsonian post-doctoral fellow is also known for other works, including Mother and Child in Art, What’s Right with Feminism, A Bibliography of Feminist Art Criticism, Feminist Art Criticism.
Her articles and reviews have appeared in Art in America, College Art Journal, Arts Magazine, Art
Criticism, Women's Art Journal, Art Papers, MS. Magazine, New York Newsday, Women's Review of
Books, Cleo Psyche the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and she is a contributing writer for the Gay and
Lesbian Review Worldwide. She is currently working on a memoir detailing her 3-plus years undergoing conversion therapy in a cult on Croton-on- Hudson, New York, run by psychoanalyst Dr. Samuel Kahn during the mid-1950s.
About Laurent Lynn
Laurent Linn is the author of the acclaimed YA novel Draw the Line, which The New York Times called
“epic.” He is also an art director at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers where he collaborates with noted editors, illustrators, and authors.
Linn began his career as a puppet designer and builder in Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop, creating
characters for various productions, including the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure
Island films. With Henson for over a decade, he worked primarily on Sesame Street, becoming the
Creative Director for the Sesame Street Muppets, winning an Emmy Award.
Laurent is also on the Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and is Artistic
Advisor for the annual Original Art exhibit at the Society of Illustrators. Visit him at www.LaurentLinn.com and on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
About Donna Minkowitz
Donna Minkowitz's magical realist memoir, Growing Up Golem, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary
Award and for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award. Her first memoir, Ferocious Romance: What My
Encounters with the Right Taught Me about Sex, God, and Fury, won a Lammy and was shortlisted for
the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Visions Award "for the most promising or distinctive work by a new writer." A former columnist for the Village Voice, she’s also written for The New York Times Book Review, Slate, The Nation, and Salon. She is the restaurant critic for Gay City News and teaches memoir writing in the Hudson Valley.
About the Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY)
BIGNY is a New York-based organization that serves the publishing industry and community. Since its
inception in 1926, the Guild has provided professional development opportunities by hosting social and
educational events, seminars, industry trips, and more. The Guild produces the annual New York Book
Show, which celebrates outstanding achievements in book design and manufacturing. BIGNY also
proudly organizes charitable events to promote literacy in the New York City metropolitan area.
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